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    Saturday & Sunday, April 4 - 5th New date to be determined.
    Have you ever desired more consistency in your ceramic products? Have you considered expanding the techniques that you normally use in your studio practice? From functional objects to sculptural elements — from handles and spouts to stamps and decorative elements — Mold making techniques afford freedom in reproducibility and the potential for new qualities not easily achieved by wheel or hand processes alone. During this workshop, Students will learn about the basics of mold making for the purpose of slip casting and press molding ceramics. Mike will speak about the tools, materials, and techniques needed to make plaster molds and a variety of casting slips for reproducing sculptural or functional objects in ceramic. Students will have the ability to work with Mike to create a one part or two part mold of an object of their choosing and will end the workshop with a ceramic cast object, a mother mold for continued casting, as well as casting slip recipes for porcelain, earthenware and colored clays. In particular, Mike will talk about: -Prepping an object for making a plaster mold, -Considerations for press molds and slip casting molds -Techniques for mixing plaster consistently -The types of plaster mother molds including waste molding, cottle board construction, and the use of both plaster and high temperature silicone for making sprigs. -Slip casting clay bodies and colored slips.
    Students Bring: 1 set of basic clay tools (dedicated for use in plaster) A vessel or object for the purpose of casting, preferably nonporous There will be a one hour break. Bring a lunch or walk to lunch on the square.
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    Saturday, May 9th 2020 5:00-9:00pm Select and glaze a piece of bisqueware, then enjoy your chili dinner. Watch as your pottery is loaded into the raku kiln and fired up. In about an hour, your red hot creation will be removed from the kiln and placed in a bin of sawdust to finish the process. After cooling in a trough of water, you can clean your piece to reveal the unpredictable colors, lusters, and patterns. No Pottery Experience Needed. $30 Ticket includes: Chili dinner, hot dogs and drinks and one small piece of pottery to glaze and take home at the end of the night. Additional pieces may be purchased for $10 each. Well supervised children are welcome to attend. Raku pottery is for decorative use only and is not food safe. Event will proceed Rain or Shine.
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    Steven Hill October 9-11, 2020, 9:30am-5:00pm Cost: $375 (Early Bird Discount: $325 before July 1) “I love the variation that occurs naturally across the surface of salt, soda and wood fired pots. My own pottery, however, has been reduction fired in gas kilns since the early 70’s. I have been creating atmospheric surface qualities through careful blending and layering of sprayed glazes for over 30 years now! “In December 2008 I discovered that reduction plays a rather insignificant role in the finished look of my pottery. The cascading rivulets of ash-like glazes and mysterious microcrystalline mat surfaces work just as effectively in oxidation as they do in reduction! Even the rich brown and orange colors that I have always attributed to reduction firing are possible in oxidation.” —Steven Hill In this 3-day workshop, you will learn the spraying and layering techniques that gives Steven Hill Pottery its’ unique look. You will work in Steven Hill’s studio, using Steven Hill’s glazes, Steven Hill’s spray guns, and receive coaching directly from Steven. Participants should bring 4-6 small/medium size vertically oriented pieces, bisque fired and ready to be glazed. They should be in the range of mug to medium vase (no more than 6-8”). Also bring 2 small horizontal pots (bowls, plates or tiles up to 8” diameter), to see how the glazes react on horizontal surfaces. The clay used should be ^6 - 8, white stoneware or porcelain (preferred) and the pieces should be bisque fired. Steven will be working with Standard 257 English Porcelain. 323CLAY 323 West Maple Ave Independence MO 64050 816-254-7552 or
    Schedule – October 9-11, 2020, 9:30–5pm Day 1 will be our glazing day. In the morning Steven will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with reduction / atmospheric firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be explained and demonstrated. In the afternoon students will glaze their pots. After pots are glaze, we will load kilns and fire overnight at ^6 - 8 oxidation. On the second day, Steven will discuss his philosophy on making pottery, while throwing, assembling and applying slip to the forms and techniques that he is well known for. The focus will be on his approach to making gestural forms, and will feature spouts, handles, form, surface, and the relationship between these elements. Steven will demonstrate pitchers, bowls, mugs and tea bowls. On day 3 Steven will lecture on spraying techniques, equipment, firing cycles, and further glaze experimentation. Finally we will end up by unloading the kilns and discussing the results.
    Ophelia's Restaurant & Inn 201 North Main Independence, MO 64050 816 461-4525 Woodstock Inn Bed & Breakfast 1212 W Lexington Ave Independence, MO 64050 816 886-5656 Higher Ground Hotel 200 N. Delaware Independence, MO 64050-2633 TollFree: 877 836-0292 or 816 836-0292

    323CLAY is located just west of the historic Independence Courthouse and very near Harry S. Truman’s home, and the Truman Presidential Library. There are a number of small hotels, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants in walking distance to 323CLAY.

    Artist Bio

    Steven Hill received his BFA from Kansas State University in 1973 and has been a studio potter since 1975. Steven's work is exhibited and sold in nationally juried shows and is featured in many ceramics books. He has conducted over 200 workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has written 11 ceramics articles; "An Approach To Single-Firing" (January 1986, Ceramics Monthly), "Long Distance Runner" (December 1989, Studio Potter), "Don't Put The Flames Out" (February 1994, Ceramics Monthly), “Pulling Handles”, (Spring 1998, Pottery Making Illustrated), “Where You’ve Been Is Good And Gone, All You Keep Is The Gettin’ There” (April 1998, Ceramics Monthly) , “Spraying Glazes”, (March 2002, Pottery Making Illustrated) “Common Ground: A Showcase of National Artists-In-Residence” (Ceramics Monthly, January 2006), and “An Approach to Single Firing – Further In”), (January 2006, Ceramics Monthly), “Rethinking Ceramics Workshops”, (Ceramics Monthly, May 2007), “The Eight Month Workshop: A Journey of Discovery”, (Ceramics Monthly, June 2008). Steven’s most recent article, “Atmospheric-Like Effects for Electric Firing” is in the March 2012 Ceramics Monthly. In 1998 Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Center in Kansas City, MO and he co-founded Center Street Clay in Sandwich, IL in 2006. Currently Steven is doing what he does best… Making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops and letting someone else take care of business! His new home is 323 Clay in Independence, MO.
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    Saturday & Sunday, June 13-14th 2020 10:00am-3:00pm $150 per person In this two-day workshop, 323CLAY owner, potter, teacher and artist David Lee, will share his woodworking knowledge. Students in this class will design and cut custom shapes from a variety of exotic woods. They will have supervised access to equipment from David’s personal wood shop. The custom created paddles and spoons will be shaped, sanded and oiled to perfection with David’s guidance. Cost includes wood and supplies to make at least 2 accessories. There will be a one hour break. Bring a lunch or walk to the square. David Lee is the co-owner of 323CLAY and The Bredin-Lee Gallery. He has a BA from Graceland University. David is known for his large platters, lidless teapots and wheel thrown musical horns. 323CLAY 323 West Maple Ave Independence MO 64050 816-254-7552 or